Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Salt Lake City Day 2

Day 2 of our Salt Lake City trip started out with this beautiful view from our hotel room. 

Once we had eaten breakfast and had gotten ourselves ready for the day, we decided to head back over to City Creek Center to kill some time before we had to leave for the Rapids game. 

We walked around and looked at all of the shops. I saw Tiffany & Co for the first time ever! We also went into this fun game store that had a zillion different versions of Monopoly. We also went to The Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I had a deliciously yummy apple streusel cheesecake. 

While we were at The Cheesecake Factory I checked my Facebook and saw that an old friend from College commented on a picture that I posted of SLC. Well, come to find out, he lived in SLC, so we decided to meet up for some coffee since we still had a little bit of time to kill. So we walked to Starbucks and chatted for about half an hour just catching up. It was great to see him considering that I hadn't seen him since freshman year. 

Around 2:30 we headed out to Rio Tinto Stadium for the game. It is actually in Sandy, UT which is like 20 minutes south of the downtown SLC area. On our drive down, I was finally able to see the mountains. They were very pretty.

We arrived at the stadium, found parking and then headed up to will call to get our tickets. Well, along the way to will call we had a very interesting experience. One that I don't ever want to repeat. 

Let me paint this scene for you. As we were walking around the stadium to will call a large group of Salt Lake supporters were heading our direction. They were dressed in all black and carrying flags with skulls and crossbones on them and were marching up this hill to the stadium. They were walking straight towards where we were. At this point someone passed us and said "You guys might want to wait a few minutes." Well, I didn't realize this at the time, but I was the only person who heard him. My other two friends didn't hear him and they just kept walking, so I did too. 

We ended up walking right next to them on the sidewalk. It took them a few minutes to realize that we were there, but once they did it was all over from there. We were called every name under the sun. Any insult that you could throw at someone that involved the F*** word, we were called it. And they just kept yelling at us.   ***WARNING!!! I am about to get a little graphic with my descriptions*** At one point they even told us that we looked like dried period blood because of the burgundy colors that we were wearing in support of the Rapids. I even saw one guy pointing at us and telling his two young kids "We hate those people! Those are the people we hate because they are for the other team." 

It was seriously that bad. I honestly think they were more pissed off that they weren't getting a rise out of us than anything. And they kept up this yelling and screaming until we reached the front of the stadium where will call was.  So we quickly got into the will call line to get away from them where we were greeted by a stadium employee who actually apologized to us for the behavior of their fans. Which was very refreshing considering what had just happened. 

We got our tickets and made our way into the stadium where we had another fan approach us and apologize again for the way that group of people treated us. Again, we really appreciated this and soon realized that not all of their fans were jack asses. We made our way to our seats and waited for the game to start. Soon after we got to our seats, our group of supporters that had taken a bus from Denver the night before to come to the game, were escorted in to the section next to us. And for the entire game, we had probably 6-8 security guards up in the section with us. Apparently they have had issues in the past with the different teams fans getting in fights, so they try to prevent it all together now by putting the opposing teams supporters all in one area and keeping a close eye on them and making sure none of the home team fans come up into that section. 

The game was really fun to watch. The Rapids played really well and were ahead by one goal for most of the game, until the other team tied it up. The game ended in a tie. Which is better than a loss, but would have been better if they would have won. 

After the game we went to Target to pick up a few things and then decided to go to dinner at Ruby River Steakhouse. We found it to be the equivalent to Outback Steakhouse. But the food was really good. Once we finished dinner, we headed back to our hotel where we drank wine and played card games the rest of the night. My friends taught me how to play Continental Rummy,which was a lot of fun, but I lost horribly. 

Overall, it was a fun day. Even with the whole getting yelled at thing. 

Come back tomorrow for the final recap of our SLC trip. That one won't be nearly as long as this one. But it's worth sharing. If you missed the first day recap, you can read that here

Have a great day everyone!



  1. Yikes, this reminds me so much of the Red Sox games where Yankee fans would get pummeled with insults. It's one thing to have a friendly rivalry but a whole other when you get these diehard fanatics acting like crazy people. At the end of the's a freaking game.

  2. jeez, what is wrong with people?! I will never understand people who take it to that level over sports. Those mountains are really pretty though :) and that apple strusel cheesecake is my FAVE, I get it every time I'm at CCF!

  3. I'm glad you had a good time! Yeah, Utah sports fans can be sooooo mean! When I was going to college there the school rivalry was ridiculously over the top. It's so sad! city creek is so fun! I love that you can take your dogs in :)


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